Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Each Monday, we’ll link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you. Be sure to check in each Monday morning for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week

The Minecraft Generation

How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching millions of children to master the digital world….


Film Dialogue – From 2,000 Screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age

We didn’t set out trying to prove anything, but rather compile real data. We framed it as a census rather than a study. So we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever…


Fun Things to do at Scientific Meetings

Ask the audience for Amens every time you make a point. If that succeeds, try for a “Hell yeah!”


How to Surf a Crowd

“You have to let the fear go,” says Merrill Nisker, a musician and performance artist better known as Peaches…


What It’s Like To Attend A $3,400 Public-Speaking Coaching Session

One company is offering expensive events for executives to learn the ropes of presenting. Here’s what it’s like to attend…


Root Is a Little Robot on a Mission to Teach Kids to Code

After three years of heads-down research and stealthy product development, Root is ready for the real world…


The Company That’s Keeping the Polaroid Legacy Alive

The Impossible Project moves beyond nostalgia with its new I-1 camera…


Creativity Is Much More Than 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice

Creators are not mere experts. Instead of deliberately practicing down an already existing path, they often create their own path for others to follow…


New Hope for Record Store Day’s Vinyl-Supply Troubles

On Record Store Day there will be free concerts and free beer, and millions of dollars worth of vinyl will be sold…


Why You Always Do Your Best Thinking Away From Your Desk

Creativity cannot rest on eureka moments; it is a process, designed to consistently bring abstract ideas into the tangible world…